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Word 2011 (Mac)

Microsoft Word allows for basic word processing along with more complicated layout and design. The following table explains new features in Word 2011. To learn how to perform a given task, visit the Microsoft Word 2011 Help web site.

Feature Description
Office Ribbon The Ribbon replaces the Formatting Palette and Elements Gallery of Office for Mac 2008. It appears under the menu bar. Options on the Ribbon change depending on what you are working on.
Styles Guides Styles allow you to quickly and consistently format text, with options for titles, headings, body text, and so on. If you turn on Style Guides, each place a style has been applied will be clearly marked.
Full Screen View When you click this view, the page expands and appears on a black background. All other windows are hidden, as are most tools. A toolbar appears at the top of the screen. Press [esc] to return to the previous view.
Visual Basic This allows you to record macros and use any macros you have created for other versions of Microsoft Office. Macros automate tasks; you could create a macro to insert a partially completed table, or a hanging indent.
Reorder Objects Instead of reordering objects by choosing Move to Back and Move to Front, this feature shows you all objects on the page, allowing you to see objects' exact locations and move them to the correct place.
Publishing Layout View This view is best for extensive formatting. It gives you access to a formatting toolbar which includes the Reorder Objects feature.
Microsoft Office Apps These allow you to work on Office documents from computers that do not have Office installed. They require an Internet connection.
Coauthoring Using SkyDrive or a SharePoint server, multiple people can work on the same document simultaneously and share their changes. Once a change is shared everyone with access to the document will see the changes. However, you must be careful to share, rather than save, each time you make a change.